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August Monthly Musings


Hello fellow bookworms! August was… wow, I read a lot. I read books, I bought books, I listened to books (I designed some books too, but that’s my job…), and I may have found some new favourites too. I want to make this quite a short introduction (because this post is already very late!) so here are the books I read in August…

What books did I read this month?

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

You Do You by Sarah Knight

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

One of the Good Ones by Maika & Maritze Moulite

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Favourite book of the month // Clap When You Land

Average rating // 4.2 out of 5

Monthly page count // 3400

Reading Challenge Check-In // 42 out of 50 books

What am I currently reading?

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Until next time…

Jade x

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July Monthly Musings


Hello fellow bookworms! July was a crazy busy month, at work and at home, so I’ve been feeling incredibly overwhelmed with lots of changes in my life and also with ongoing stuff that never seems to end. I’ve started a new job at the same company, but it’s still a large change from what I’ve been doing there for the last few years, and I have a feeling it will take a while before I’m on top of everything in my new role. I got my reading lists through for my next university module which I am over-the-mood excited about, so I have made a good start on those, and trying to juggle everything else under the sun as well – remember to take a break, people! But we’re here to look back at what I read in the month of July, so let’s just get on with it, shall we…

What books did I read this month?

Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose (proof copy – not pictured)

The Other Black Girl

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (audiobook)

Release by Patrick Ness

Favourite book of the month // The Midnight Library

Average rating // 3.8 out of 5

Monthly page count // 1196

Reading Challenge Check-In // 31 out of 50 books

What am I currently reading?

It’s a lot, I know…

I’m coming to you from a few days into August, and I have managed to finish some stuff already, but that will have to wait until my next update!What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Until next time…

Jade x

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January Wrap Up

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Hello fellow bookworms! I hope the first month of 2021 has treated you kindly, despite the ongoing global crisis. It’s been a long, tough month, but every day we move closer to the end and closer to normality (whatever that is!) I have been longing for escape, and as many people here probably have to, I found my solace in literature. Here are the books I’ve had the pleasure to read this month…

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What books have I read this month?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a very long time (7+ years maybe), and with my vow to get through some of the series I’ve had sat around forever, I decided to start here as the film is due out at some point this year (restrictions dependent!) I thoroughly enjoyed this first book and I couldn’t wait to get to the second book (which I am currently reading.

Brendon Chase by B.B.

Read this for my degree, I enjoyed it more than I expected to but it’s still not necessarily the type of narrative I’m thrilled by. A lot of stuff I disagreed with but made for an interesting discussion with my ecology peers.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

I’d heard really great things about this book and it did not disappoint! I’d stopped reading crime/detective books because I started to find them too predictable but this story was so unique, and the main characters and interweaving stories gave the book a lot of emotion not often present in novels involving murder…

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Another book for my degree, I think this one could have been shorter, as I found the beginning quite slow, but definitely picked up and got more exciting towards the end. Sometimes difficult to keep track of the rabbit language but an insightful book nonetheless.

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Average Rating: 3.4 stars

Number of total pages read: 1,850

Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 4/50 books 

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What am I currently reading?

The Game of Silence by Louise Eldrich

What is the Truth? by Ted Hughes

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

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Books I plan to read in February

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philip Pearce

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What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Have a great February

Jade 🙂

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Monthly Book Roundup for September/October

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Hello fellow bookworms! So I accidentally forgot to blog for a few months… so I’m mashing 2 posts into 1! Still not a lot of content as I haven’t had loads of time to read recently. I have now officially started my masters degree and I am loving it. The reading can be frustratingly complex at times but I always celebrate the little victories when I finally understand something, and the main thing getting me through is the thought that I am finally studying something I am so passionate about, and I can finally see my future getting a bit clearer! I do have some post ideas planned so hopefully I’ll have some time to write and post them soon as well. But back to today’s post, I am sharing with you the books I read in September and October, prepare to be amazed potentially disappointed (like me)…

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What books have I read this month?

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

I was so excited to read this book, and I can’t deny it is a great piece of YA literature, but I think I read it at the wrong time in my life. If I’d read this in my mid-teens, I think I would have ended up reading the whole series. I hate to think I’m growing away from YA books, and I don’t think I have completely, I just think my feelings toward them have changed.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Forever and always a favourite of mine, and reminds me how it feels to love and cherish books as a big part of your life. I believe every young bookworm should read this book!

Flour Babies by Anne Fine

This book was so much fun, it was so insightful to see how young boys react and change when faced with the tasks of parenting. I wish I’d had a chance to read it in school, because books like this really do read differently when you’re younger.

Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

Aidan Chambers is a new author for me, but a well known name in YA literature from when it was first acknowledged as a form of writing between children’s and adult literature. Despite saying earlier that I was concerned my love of YA lit was leaving me, I really did enjoy this book. It was an unusual narration, written from the perspective of an older author and following the relationship between a young boy and a young girl, and the young boy and the author. It was such an inspirational story and, unlike Noughts and Crosses, I think I read this at the right time in my life.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

This book was way too creepy to be considered a children’s book! The illustrations by Chris Riddell were perfectly spooky, but Gaiman’s imaginatively creative storytelling was enough to send shivers down my spine, let alone any child reading this!

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Average Rating: 4.2 stars

Number of total pages read: 1,388

Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 48/50 books 

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What am I currently reading?

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Taking a while but I’m getting there…!

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Books I plan to read in November

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy November and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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Monthly Book Roundup for August

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Hello fellow bookworms! Now, I think we all knew the day would come this year, and that it was ‘too good to be true’ to have so many books on my 2020 read pile… I am in a reading slump, and have been for most of August. I left July behind on such a high and 10 more books under my belt, 11 books ahead of my Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I suddenly crashed and decided I’d rather spend my time binge watching Jane the Virgin on Netflix! Hence the very short round-up post. Nevertheless, the slump is wearing off (I think/hope) and I see light on the horizon (in the shape of Midnight Sun which will be my reward for getting through this slump). Anyway, very underwhelmingly introducing my books of August 2020…

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What books have I read this month?

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

I loved this book so much! It will be rivalling top spot I think for my favourite book of the year come December. And it’s been a while since I’ve had a new book boyfriend but here we are, Leon Twomey, marry me?

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audio)

I did enjoy this book, although not as much as I expected too, especially after enjoying Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so much earlier in the year. However, I think my opinion would change if I read the physical book and fully immersed myself in the story, rather than listening and working at the same time!

Books read towards Children’s Classics Challenge

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This was a re-read for me, and it is definitely a lot weirder than I remember it being the first time! It will definitely be an interesting one to analyse when I get to it in a future module!

Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson

This was one of my favourite Jacqueline Wilson books as a child and it made me want to re-read loads more. While my tastes have changed and I may not have re-read this for pleasure, it was nice to revisit a old favourite!

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Average Rating: 3.6 stars

Number of total pages read: 629… oh dear

Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 43/50 books 

Books read toward Children’s Classics Challenge: 13/15 books

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What am I currently reading?

Nought and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

I’m in a major reading slump right now so I’ve been reading this for about 3 weeks! Silly thing is, the story is so good and I really enjoy it when I pick it up, but finding the motivation to read has been a bit of a struggle…

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Books I plan to read in July

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Who’s excited about this? I’m excited about this! I can’t wait to wait to travel back to my childhood and feel the nostalgia wash over me as I read this… that’s how I imagine it anyway, I’m not quite sure it will feel exactly the same as it felt before, but I’m excited all the same.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

I finally got round to buying the sequel to Vicious, which is another book rivalling the 2020 hotspot for me this year. I can’t wait to get into the sequel and visit the characters again!

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What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy September and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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I read 10 books in a month…?!

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Hello fellow bookworms! July has been a busy month, and a lot of ups and downs in changes to lockdown restrictions here in the UK. Personally, I’m still working from home, still getting ready to go back to studying at the beginning of October, and I finally had my welcome pack and syllabi through; I’m starting to feel even more like a student again, and I’m so excited! We also had The Reading Rush this month, which I managed to take some time off work for, and it definitely contributed to the main bulk of my reading this month! I read 10 books this month, which I think should be marked as a historical even in my personal lifetime so here are the books to mark this momentous occasion

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What books have I read this month?

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

I’d heard some really good things about this book, both when it came out and when the movie was released, and I saw it on my shelf when I was looking for an easier read that I knew I could get through quickly. I hadn’t read a YA romance in a while, and this is just the sort that I love to read! The story was so lovely, perfectly suited my tastes, and was exactly what I was looking for.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I’ve had this book on my shelf forever! The synopsis on the back cover sounded really intriguing but I definitely wasn’t expecting what I got! This book was so weird and quite different to what I thought I was getting into. I found it quite difficult to pick up at times, possibly owing to the fact that I literally had no idea what was going on until very end! I’d be interested to read another one of her books though because I think the writing was really nice and quite poetic.

Sadie by Courtney Summers (audio)

My first book of The Reading Rush! This has been on my radar for a while and I’m definitely glad I’ve now read it/listened to it! I think I’ll try to listen again or maybe read the book as I think my main problem was losing track of the story while doing other things. What I got of the story was good though, and I loved the way the audiobook was done with a full cast!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Book 2 of The Reading Rush and it was okay… this was my second book by Ness and I have heard it’s not his best, but it was quite quick and easy to read and the characters were likeable enough. Ness definitely tackled some issues which appear a lot in contemporary YA fiction (relationships, mental health, college education) and it was nice to see diverse representation in there as well. The story could have been a little more interesting, althoughI do understand the concept of why it wasn’t more exciting.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I was really surprised at how much I loved this book! Considering it was the book I chose for my least read genre challenge, the fact that I gave it 5 stars just goes to show that I can enjoy classic literature! I read this and listened along to the audiobook at the same time so I was completely immersed in the story and followed the story a lot better I think. A perfect classic romance that I will definitely be revisiting!

Books read towards Children’s Classics Challenge

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Considering I’m not a horse person, I found this book oddly moving and quite emotional. It was interesting to read something from an animal’s perspective and I enjoyed following the horse’s life to the end.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I vaguely remember watching the Peter Pan Disney films as a child, but not recalling much of the storyline itself. The book was really fun and a bit emotional at the end, and a classic story I think every child should be introduced to, either through book or film.

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

I loved the concept of this story, and It was an adorable character in my imagination! The main thing I took away from this story was the morals it teaches children, and probably something adults can learn from as well!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

I vaguely remember the film from when I was younger but I don’t recall ever having read the book, so it was really nice to revisit the story and get a bit more detail about the world of Narnia.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I was really looking forward to reading this, and I enjoyed the first two-thirds of it maybe, but I’m not one who enjoys battle scenes, and so the last part just went over my head a bit. This is definitely very high fantasy as well, which isn’t a genre I usually read, and haven’t read in a while, so it took some adjustment as I was reading.

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Average Rating: 3.6 stars

Number of total pages read: 2,807

Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 39/50 books 

Books read toward Children’s Classics Challenge: 10/15 books

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What am I currently reading?

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

I’m really enjoying this so far! After The Reading Rush I was getting a bit distracted when I tried to read, I think mainly because I had done so much of it the previous week and I had other things floating around in my head that I needed to do and catch up on. However, this soon got very addictive and it won’t be long before I finish!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I remember loving this the first time I read it, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it the second time around too! It’s just as weird as I remember…

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Books I plan to read in July

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

I’ve wanted to read this since it won the Booker Prize last year and I read the first few pages and was really intrigued, but for some reason I chose to pick up something else… but I will definitely be reading it this time, I’ve nothing but great things so I’m super excited!

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

I don’t even want to admit how long ago I added this to my TBR (maybe 10 years ago…) but when Malorie Blackman appeared on my very diverse reading list (finally, people are getting it!) I knew now was the time! I can’t wait, and the chapters look super short so should be a quick read for me.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I am waiting for this to become available at my library, hopefully soon! Supporting female black authors this month!

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What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy August and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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Monthly Book Roundup for June

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Hello fellow bookworms! How’s everyone doing? June has been quite a good reading month for me, and for once, I am ahead of my Goodreads Reading Challenge! I’ve been enjoying my audiobooks, starting to really get into my uni reading, and actively diversifying my shelves. I’d like to quickly touch on a few things that have happened in the world this month and reassure my readers of my support. Firstly, I am fully supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement, and I am currently doing what I can to educate myself on anti-racism and supporting black authors. I’d also like to address another issue regarding what J.K. Rowling has been writing online. I have always been and will continue to be supportive of gender transitioning rights, and I do not agree with what Rowling has been tweeting and writing recently. I write a lot about Harry Potter both on here and my Instagram, and I want to make it clear that my love of Harry Potter is not in any way connected to J.K. Rowling. The Potter books are such a bit part of my life and they have helped me in so many different ways that I really can’t imagine my life without them, but I want to assure my readers that I do not support the author’s opinions on trans rights.

Now, onto the books…

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What books have I read this month?

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I had this book on my shelf for a very long time, and after years of staring at it, I finally decided to pick it up, and I’m so glad I did. The Night Circus was just what I needed, it’s the perfect escapism book, filled with magic, love, and deception. Highly recommend if there’s anyone left out there who hasn’t read it yet!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (audio)

This was a reread for me, I decided to listen to the audiobooks to refresh my memory of the series before I read the prequel… needless to say I haven’t yet read to prequel, and I’m not sure I will (I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s a bit boring, I guess the only way to find out would be to read it!)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (audio)

Reread again! The first two books were just as good as I remember them, and I realise the main appeal of these books for me is the games. The Quarter Quell in this one is my favourite, I think Suzanne Collins is so inventive with her ideas.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (audio)

My rating for this actually went down since the first time I read it. I just found everything a little bit hard to follow, and some parts I found a bit unnecessary. I’m also a Gale fan over Peeta so the ending was not really my cup of tea…

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

I’ve owned this book for a while now, since I had a proof copy from an author event pre-publication, and it was only after everyone had recommended it to me that I decided to read it. I did enjoy it, I found the writing quite easy to read, but I thought it took a while for things to start happening after the first chapter.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (audio)

I got this audiobook on a whim as it was one a 2 for 1 sale, and I’m glad I did! It was a lot longer than I anticipated from the storyline but it included a lot of literary tropes I enjoy and had some nicely developed characters, as well as tackling issues rarely seen in YA literature.

Books read towards Children’s Classics Challenge

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

I did not enjoy the book. The only reason I didn’t DNF it is because I needed to read it for my uni course, so I stuck it out. I downloaded the audiobook which helped me get through it quicker. It took him too long to get shipwrecked, and the rest of the book was just him shooting animals, growing corn, and making weird pottery to survive. But I made it through, and I hopefully never have to read it again!

I enjoyed this more than Robinson Crusoe, but not by much. The story was a lot more interesting, as more things were happening throughout, but a lot of the satire went over my head, and it seemed a bit disjointed, more like four separate stories.

I’m surprised to say I enjoyed this book. The story was a classic journey of a young boy and his adventure with friends, and has small town vibes which I love in a classic book!

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Average Rating: 3.5 stars

Number of total pages read: 1,776

Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 29/50 books 

Books read toward Children’s Classics Challenge: 5/15 books

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What am I currently reading?

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

I tried to read The Green Mile but I red the first 100 pages and just couldn’t get into it. I wanted something a little bit easier to read and quicker to get through, especially next to the classics I’m reading for uni, so I picked this up. I’ve almost finished it as well, oops! I’m enjoying it so far, and can’t wait to see how it ends (although I’ve heard it’s very sad…)

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Another one that will apparently make me cry… I see a theme! Number 6 on my Children’s Classics Challenge, this is one I’m excited to finish.

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Books I plan to read in July

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

This one is technically up next after Black Beauty, but I might save it for one of Reading Rush books as the majority of the cover matches my birthstone colour…

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I can’t wait to read this one! I’ve seen the Disney films and know the story but I’ve heard the book is amazing so I’m looking forward to it.

I usually do a slightly longer section here but it’s the Reading Rush read-a-thon at the end of the month and I’m still working out my TBR for that and how much time I will have to read but I’m planning on posting my Reading Rush plans later in the month, so more on that later.

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What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy July and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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Monthly Book Roundup for May

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Hello fellow bookworms! How’s everyone doing? Some lockdown restrictions have already started to be lifted here, albeit slowly, so we’re able to get out and see more people from a distance. However, because I work in London and my job can be done from home, it looks like working from home will be my life for the next few months, which means I still have plenty of reading time! I now have preliminary reading for uni which I’ve got a good head start on, if you want to see what I’m reading, you can have a look here, but I’ll also be doing updates on how I’m getting on in these wrap up posts, so without too much more rambling, this is what I read in the month of May.

 

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What books have I read this month?

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I loved, loved, LOVED this book! I can’t believe it took me so long to read it, I had it sat on my shelf for years! I will definitely be reading the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

3stars

This book was ok, but there are reasons why I don’t think it lives up to the hype. I still gave it 3 stars, because I did really enjoy the academia settings and character tropes used throughout. If you want to know more on my thoughts, I posted a review which you can read here.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

4.5stars

I really loved this book! At the beginning I wasn’t too sure about it, but the further into the first part, when it became more clear what direction her story was taking, I found it to be incredibly motivational and empowering for women, and looked a lot at racial issues which we know are still present in America and across the world through anecdotes of her experiences. Highly recommend!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is the first book in a while that made me properly cry, not just a few tears, but I was full-on sobbing by the end! This book is full of the glitz of Hollywood, as well as the not so glamorous behind the scenes, and fully focuses on the raw emotion you don’t get to see in most celebrities. There is great story running underneath the main plot line which keeps the reader wondering what it’s all really for.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

4stars

I’ve been so excited to read another book by Laura Purcell, and I thought I’d go back to her first (I think…) I was not disappointed, her writing was just as good as The Corset, and the same historical gothic atmosphere was present in all its glory. It freaked the hell out of me however, it is definitely a lot scarier than her second book! One star lost just because the ending wasn’t as satisfying as The Corset, and while I don’t mind a cliffhanger if I know there are means for me to find out more, but the ending wasn’t resolved and left me quite spooked!

Books read towards Children’s Classics Challenge

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

It took me a while, but I finally got there! Little Women is on my reading list for uni, which meant that I could read it and it counted as studying! I did really enjoy this story, the characters were so well formed, it was full of pieces of writing which really resonated with me, and it made me feel all of the emotions!

… and I did also listen to Pilgrim’s Progress, I tried to read it but not was immensely difficult to keep any kind of attention on it!

Average Rating: 4 stars

Number of total pages read: 2139 (not entirely accurate as Little Women was read over a span of months but I’m counting it!)

Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 21/50 books 

Books read toward Children’s Classics Challenge: 2/15 books

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What am I currently reading?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I’m only a few chapters in and I’m already loving the magical element of the story, I’m excited to see how the magic system develops and where the story goes, as I’ve heard really good things!

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

The third book in my Children’s Classics Challenge, while it’s not a children’s book as such, it’s a classic novel which has influenced a lot of Robinsonade literature.

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Books I plan to read in June

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

I’ve had a proof of this book on my shelf for a good few months now and loads of my friends have loved it, so I thought it was about time I read it! It’s meant to be quite a quick read which will be nice to break up two slightly longer books.

The Green Mile by Stephen King

I said to my mum that I wanted to try reading Stephen King but I didn’t want to read a horror, so she recommended The Green Mile to me, and I’m honestly really excited to read it! I know it’s going to be emotional and I will cry, but at least I’m prepared!

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

The last ‘non children’s’ book on my challenge list before moving on to the Children’s lit!

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

… and the first children’s book! I’ve had Huck Finn on my shelf for ages at a friend’s recommendation but never got to it, being deterred due to it’s classic classification, but if I enjoy this one I might pick up that one as well!

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What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy June and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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Monthly Book Roundup for April

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Hello fellow bookworms! By the this post publishes I will be in my sixth week of social distancing and working from home, and I must say it has been one of the strangest things I’ve ever experienced. I used to love the idea of being able to work from home but now I don’t think I’d be able to do it long term (I’d probably only manage one or two days a week!) Despite being introverted and highly sensitive, I miss the normalcy of human interaction. I can’t wait for the lockdown to be lifted so I can see my family and friends (and get a Nando’s), but there will be things I will miss, such as lie-ins and all this extra reading time I’ve been blessed with! Speaking of reading, here’s what I’ve read this month…

 

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What books have I read this month?

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One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

4stars

This is the book that got my April off to a really good start in terms of reading! I really enjoy One of Us Is Lying and the sequel was equally as compelling. The author has such a unique way of keeping the reader hooked and wanting more even during parts of the story line which are a little dry. The ending makes me think this may turn into a trilogy…

 

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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

3stars

I got this book through work, and I had heard so many good things, so I was going into it with quite high expectations, but I was slightly disappointed. I came out of this book wondering how I should feel, because my feelings didn’t match some other’s who had really gotten into this. However, there were some moving stories in here and I really enjoyed the way it was written and the different perspectives.

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Toffee by Sarah Crossan

4.5stars

Wow, this book blew me away! This was my first poetry book and I was not expecting my reaction to be the way it was after this book. I was so entranced by the story and the poetry flowed so well from one page to the next, I was engrossed and inhaled the 400 pages in a day. Highly recommend for anyone who loves poetry or is looking to read more poetry. Very moving.

 

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by many people)

5stars

I really enjoyed this audiobook and the different narrators from the Harry Potter universe made it much more fun with the recognisable voices. I whizzed though it as it’s only 1.5 hours so it’s easy to get through in one sitting, and was perfect to cure end of Potter series blues (as I’ve just finished listening to the audiobooks again!)

 

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

4stars

This book has been on my shelf for so long and it’s only since I’ve been working from home and sat next to my bookshelf that I now have books I’ve been meaning to read for ages staring in me in the face… I’d head a few things floating around about this book recently so I decided to pick it up and I’m so glad I did, I really enjoyed the story and the time jumping for the different twins’ perspectives, it was good fun!

Average Rating: 4.1 stars

Number of total pages read: 1504

Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 15/50 books 

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What am I currently reading?

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This book is highly addictive! I don’t want to put it down! It’s sooooo good, I don’t know why t’s taken me so long to get to this (or any V.E. Schwab to be honest)! The short chapters really helps to the keep the fast pace, it’s one of those ‘just one more chapter’ books, and then you realise it’s 2am… I can’t wait to read more!

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I’m really enjoying my read along with the audiobook, I did have to swap the first one I got because it was a cast performance so it wasn’t the full book and kept jumping back and forth between dialogue and descriptive sections, but it was a good recording if I wasn’t reading along with the story. The chapters are quite short and it’s easy to listen to one or two before I go to bed. 

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Books I plan to read in May

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’d heard a lot of good things about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and this was the one I was most intrigued by but it took me ages to get a copy. I was lucky enough to get a used copy at a book swap back in March and I got really excited about it again, and then put it on my shelf to inevitably be forgotten about for another few months. Then a friend read Daisy Jones and the Six and recommended it to me, so I thought I’d give this one a try first and move on to Daisy Jones in the next few months!

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The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

I’ve been wanting to read another Purcell book since I ended 2019 with The Corset as my favourite book of the year, and I own all her books now, so I think I’m going to give her first book a go. It sounds so exciting and has such a unique premise so I’m looking forward to reading more of her writing.

 

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

This is another book which is constantly recommended to me, and there’s nothing like a TV or film adaptation to encourage me to pick up the book so I can watch it, especially if there’s a lot of hype around it or I have family and friends watching as well. This book is really short so I’m hoping I’ll get through it quite quickly.

 

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

When I went through my (forever lasting) John Green phase all those years ago, I bought this book, and I really tried to like it, but I don’t know why I just couldn’t finish it! I DNF’d it but now I’m sat next to my bookshelf I can feel it staring at me and begging me to read the only John Green book I haven’t read yet… 

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Before we go, quick life update: I had some positive news the other week in the shape of an acceptance letter onto my Masters degree in Children’s Literature starting from September! This could not have come at a better time, I was thrilled to be accepted after a lot of hard work on my application and essay, and cannot wait to start, and it’s given me something to look forward to after this is all over!

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy May and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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Monthly Book Roundup

Monthly Book Roundup for March

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Hello fellow bookworms! Well, things have certainly changed since we last checked in with each other, particularly my UK and US friends. A high percentage of people who are reading this are likely to be socially distancing and staying home as much as possible due to the current global pandemic, so a big shout out to all of you who are following advice and staying home, you’re doing the right thing! However, staying home may not be a big disaster, it gives us all time to catch up on our ever growing TBR lists! I’ve been writing a new blog series, Bookworm Survival Kit, with all your essentials (and non-essentials) to keep you all sane during this crazy time. There are 3 posts floating around out there already, and 2 more to come. Anyway, without too much more rambling, I’m here to talk about the books I’ve reading, so let’s get into it…

 

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What books have I read this month?

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Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

4stars

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book and I wasn’t sure how quickly I would get to it until someone I work with read it so quickly and said it was very good, so I picked it up. I must admit, the world building was incredible, and the story itself was very compelling. It’s coming to bookstores in September this year so keep an eye out for this one!

 

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Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

4stars

I had to read this book for an essay which I have to write for my MA application, and I don’t know why I never read it as a child. This was such a great book and has so many things I would want to explore further. I’ve started writing my essay and I’ve already over word count, I have so much to say about it!

 

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The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

4stars

I absolutely LOVED this series! I’m so glad I read the first two at the perfect time so I didn’t have to wait long for this one to be released. This rounded the whole series off really nicely, and despite the fact I did start to guess how it would end, there were still some twists at the end. A very unique YA mystery series which I would highly recommend!

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Average Rating: 4 stars

Number of total pages read: 3322

Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 10/50 books

 

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What am I currently reading?

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One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

I’m already about 100 pages in and it’s looking to be really exciting so far! There hasn’t been anything to drastic happen, but a few small hints make it seem like it’s not going to be as straightforward as it seems!

 

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I’ve been a few pages into this book for ages, but I had some spare Audible credits floating around so I thought I’d get the audiobook to listen to as I read along. It’s a performance audio as well which should be quite exciting and different to listen to!

 

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Books I plan to read in April

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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

 

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

 

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What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy April and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂